This is the bunga telang growing in my back yard fence....
|My son has come up with purple rice - made from crushing purple cabbage and cooking it with rice...while adding some other Japanese touches.|
I often buy items in blue colour. So I have blue cups and glasses at home. I have blue basins and I have blue blankets too. Now I have blue flowers drying in my blue basin.....The dried flowers can be kept in a large bottle. To use...soak enough flowers in hot water for a few minutes and use the blue water. So if we have blue bunga telang we do not have to use the blue colouring which comes in a bottle. Now I can go make pulut inti....or even kuih tai tai.
More notes on Bunga Telang
Bunga Telang is Blue Pea Flower [ Clitoria Flower ] is a common ingredient used as natural food dye for making nonya kuehs such as the Pulut Inti, Pulut Tai Tai and Nasi Kerabu. The Blue Pea Flower that grows from a creeper plant blooms in only 6 weeks from seed and it blooms all year long.
It likes a rich, moist soil and intermediate temperatures, but it can stands up well in our hot Asia temperatures. I have my creepers growing in my backyard which provides an ideal sun condition: full sun to partial shade, it likes to be shaded from the hot afternoon sun. I have to remember to pinch the ends all the time to keep it bushy.(I have already sent some seeds to Sibu and I hope my friends will soon be cooking up a storm!!)
I hope Yi Fang (See Hua Daily) will help spread this flower and plant in Sibu through her good friends. I would be delighted if Payung in Sibu will also make Nasi Kerabu in the future.
So now you get the idea of colouring your rice - blue Nyonya style or purple Perth style.
Hope you would experiment with colours in your kitchen.